DIARY OP GREENWICH 22d November, 1685. Hitherto was a very wet, warm season. 4th December, 1685. Lord Sunderland was declared President of the Council, and yet to hold his Secretary's place. The forces disposed into several quarters through the kingdom are very insolent, on which are great com- plaints. Lord Brandon, tried for the late conspiracy, was con- demned and pardoned; so was Lord Grey, his accuser and witness, Persecution in France raging, the French insolently visit our vessels, and take away the fugitive Protestants; some escape in barrels. loth December, 1685. To Greenwich, being put into the new Commission of Sewers. i3th December, 1685. Dr. Patrick, Dean of Peterbor- ough, preached at Whitehall, before the Princess of Den- mark, who, since his Majesty came to the Crown; always sat in the King's closet, and had the same bowings and ceremonies applied to the place where she was, as his Majesty had when there in person. Dining at Mr. Pepys's, Dr. Slayer showed us an ex- periment of a wonderful nature, pouring first a very cold liquor into a glass, and superfusing on it another, to ap- pearance cold and clear liquor also; it first produced a white cloud, then boiling, divers coruscations and actual flames of fire mingled with the liquor, which being a lit- tle shaken together, fixed divers suns and stars of real fire, perfectly globular, on the sides of the glass, and which there stuck like so many constellations, burning most vehemently, and resembling stars and heavenly bodies, and that for a long space. It seemed to exhibit a theory of the eduction of light out of the chaos, and the fixing or gathering of the universal light into lumi- nous bodies. This matter, or phosphorus, was made out of human blood and urine, elucidating the vital flame, or heat in animal bodies. A very noble experi- ment! i6th December, 1685. I accompanied my Lord-Lieu- tenant as far as St. Alban's, there going out of town with him near 200 coaches of all the great officers and nobility. The next morning taking leave, I returned to London,r answers to them appearing till long after.